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The Resolutions for
Annual Conference 2010
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UM CAL-PAC 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTION #10-3

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SUBJECT: Support for the Civil Rights of All Persons

SUBMITTED BY: Frank Wulf, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Richard Bentley, Lily Villamin, Phil Freeman, Jim Conn, Amy Rosenbaum, Catie Coots, Connee Freeman, Janet Gollery McKeithen, Debbie Gara, Dan Gara, Jeanne Roe Smith, Nester Gerente, Louis Chase, Jennifer Gutierrez, Barbara Ripple, Richard Bolin, Susan Stouffer, Ed Hoffman, Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Virginia Fifield, Afrie Songco Joye, David Farley, Suzanne James, Page Eaves, Jim Brooking, Francisco Canas, Cornish Rogers, Sharon Bowles, Phil Bowles, Nan Self,  Sheena Trotter-Dennis, Holly Reinhart-Marean, Mary Larson, Tom Reinhart-Marean, Krista McVey, Carole Kuruma, Lisa Gay Santiago, Gary Lynn, William P. Miller, Candie ODell, Diane Kenney, DarEll Weist, Kathy Cooper-Ledesma, Charlene Zuill, Veda Veach, Jay Sowell, Carla Bailey, Mark Stephenson, Harry Kuruma, JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto, Frank E. Trotter, Jr., Thomas Hill, John Cobb, Mark Ulrickson

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT:  No additional funds needed

SOURCE OF STAFF TIME: None

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  JOHN 13:34-35

WHEREAS the United Methodist Book of Discipline states that “Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons.  We are committed to supporting these rights and liberties for homosexual persons,” and “We insist that all persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status or sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured,” and

WHEREAS the California-Pacific Annual Conference, in searching its collective heart and its responsibility to our calling to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, adopted a resolution in 2008 in support of protecting the rights of all Californians as they pertain to the right to civil marriage, and

WHEREAS this resolution was a product of honest and genuine holy conferencing and represented a reflection of both grace and truth of which United Methodists throughout our Conference can be proud, and

WHEREAS it is especially critical at this time for the leadership within this United Methodist Church Conference to demonstrate public support for those persons and groups seeking to protect the civil rights of all persons, including the civil right to join in marriage with the person of one’s choice;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this 2010 session of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church reaffirms its support for civil marriage equality, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon the laity, clergy and leadership of the Conference to be actively involved in protecting the civil rights of all persons as they pertain to the right to civil marriage, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California-Pacific Annual Conference, through a task force appointed by its Board of Discipleship and Board of Church & Society, devise and implement a process for making information and resources available regarding the issues raised in this resolution.

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UM CAL-PAC 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTION #10-4
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SUBJECT: Support of Majority Vote in California Legislature  

SUBMITTED BY: Richard Bolin, John Cobb, Kent Fromer, Jeanne Roe Smith, Gary Lynn, Carla Bailey, Janet Gollery McKeithen, Page Eaves, Jim Brooking, Francisco Canas, Cornish Rogers, Nan Self, Sheena Trotter-Denis, Harry Kuruma, Louis Chase, Catie Coots, Richard Bentley, Frank Wulf, Susan Stouffer, Mary Larson, Krista McVey, David K. Farley, Lisa Gay Santiago, Sharon Bowles, Phil Bowles, William P. Miller, Candie ODell, Kathy Cooper-Ledesma, Debbie Gara, Dan Gara, Amy Rosenbaum, Nester Gerente, Jennifer Gutierrez, Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Barbara Ripple, Mark Stephenson,  Afrie Songco Joye, Veda Veach, Suzanne James, Diane Kenney, DarEll Weist, Ed Hoffman, Thomas Hill, JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto, Lily Villamin, Carole Kuruma, Connee Freeman, Phil Freeman, Frank E. Trotter, Jr., Mary Elizabeth Moore, Holly Reinhart-Marean, Jim Conn

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT:  No additional funds needed

SOURCE OF STAFF TIME: None

“Woe to those who enact unjust statues and who write oppressive degrees, depriving the needy of judgment and robbing my people’s poor of their rights.”  Isaiah 10:1-2 NAB

WHEREAS the 2008 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church declares, “To begin to alleviate poverty, we support such policies as: adequate income maintenance, quality education, decent housing, job training, meaningful employment opportunities, adequate medical and hospital care, and humanization and radical revisions of welfare programs” (¶163, Part IV, E), and

WHEREAS in 2005 leaders from twenty national religious organizations including the United Methodist Church issued a statement that said in part, “our government should be a tool to correct inequalities, not a means of institutionalizing them.  The federal budget should share the burdens of taxation, according to one’s ability to pay, and distribute government resources fairly to create opportunity for all,” and

WHEREAS all of these principles and statements apply equally to the California state budget, and

WHEREAS the 2005 Cal-Pac Annual Conference adopted a resolution which said in part, “we call upon the laity and clergy of the California-Pacific Annual Conference to be actively involved in working to ensure that the California state budget reflects the principles of community, fairness, and shared abundance,” and

WHEREAS the state of California requires a two-third’s vote of the legislature to pass all revenue and budget legislation, and

WHEREAS this has resulted in rule by a minority of the legislature that has consistently blocked the will of the majority of the citizens of the state of California, delayed annual enactment of revenue and budget legislation to support the state budget, reduced the credit rating of the state, and forced the state to rely on borrowing which burdens future generations of California citizens, and

WHEREAS the two-third’s rule has resulted in a fiscal catastrophe for the state of California, has caused undue harm to the health and welfare of its citizens, and undermined democratic rule;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California-Pacific Annual Conference supports efforts to amend the constitution of the state of California to state that all legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.

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UM CAL-PAC 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTION #10-5
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SUBJECT:   Request Judicial Council Reconsider Decision 1032

SUBMITTED BY: Richard Bentley, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Lily Villamin, Mark Stephenson, Jim Conn, Catie Coots, Harry Kuruma, Carole Kuruma, Janet Gollery McKeithen, Kent Fromer, JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto, Louis Chase, Debbie Gara, Dan Gara, Nester Gerente, Jennifer Gutierrez, Richard Bolin, Frank Wulf, Susan Stouffer, Amy Rosenbaum, Jean Roe Smith, Mary Larson, Krista McVey, William P. Miller, Candie ODell, Kathy Cooper-Ledesma, Jay Sowell, Carla Bailey, Sharon Bowles, Phil Bowles, Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Afrie Songco Joye, Veda Veach, Suzanne James, Diane Kenney, DarEll Weist, Ed Hoffman, David K. Farley, Page Eaves, Jim Brooking, Francisco Canas, Nan Self, Sheena Trotter-Dennis, Holly Reinhart-Marean, Charlene Zuill, Lisa Gay Santiago, Phil Freeman, Connee Freeman, Gary Lynn, Tom Reinhart-Marean, Virginia Fifield, Barbara Ripple, Thomas Hill, Frank E. Trotter, Jr., John Cobb, Mark Ulrickson

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT: No additional funds needed

SOURCE OF STAFF TIME: None

WHEREAS on October 25, 2005, the denomination’s Judicial Council considered the case of a Virginia pastor who had denied membership in the United Methodist Church to a prospective member seeking to transfer in from another denomination; and
 
WHEREAS the pastor made this decision based solely on the prospective member’s homosexual orientation and persisted with this decision in spite of being advised by the Bishop, District Superintendent and Clergy Session of the Annual Conference that he should reconsider it; and
 
WHEREAS the Judicial Council upheld the pastor’s right to make this decision and deduced a general right and responsibility for all United Methodist pastors unilaterally to ascertain a person’s readiness to take membership vows in the United Methodist Church; and

WHEREAS this Judicial Council Decision 1032 is in tension with The United Methodist Church’s commitment to inclusiveness as articulated in Article IV of the Constitution of The United Methodist Church and Paragraph 139 of the 2008 Book of Discipline, which defines inclusiveness as “openness, acceptance, and support that enables all persons to participate in the life of the Church, the community, and the world,” and

WHEREAS Judicial Council President Susan Henry-Crowe wrote in dissent against Decision 1032 that it “compromises the historic understanding that the Church is open to all. The Judicial Council cannot interpret something that is not stated in the Discipline. Nothing in the Discipline gives pastors discretion to exclude persons presenting themselves for membership in the Church (See ¶4 and ¶13[9])” (1), and

WHEREAS Judicial Council member Jon Gray wrote in dissent to Decision 1032 that “The permissive language contained in Paragraphs 214 through 225 [of the Book of Discipline] is an invitation to persons who seek membership” (2),  and

WHEREAS the General Conference, in response to Judicial Council Decision 1032, strengthened Paragraph 225 of the 2008 Book of Discipline to state: “A member in good standing in any Christian denomination who has been baptized and who desires to unite with The United Methodist Church shall be received as either a baptized or a professing member,” and  

WHEREAS the Council of Bishops unanimously requested the Judicial Council to reconsider Decision 1032 (3), and

WHEREAS manifest injustice has resulted from the application of Decision 1032 in denying persons membership in The United Methodist Church and will continue to do so if this decision is not overturned, and

WHEREAS the Judicial Council Rules Of Practice provide that, “whenever a decision of the Judicial Council is shown clearly to be in error, or in order to prevent a manifest injustice resulting from the interpretation of a Judicial Council decision, the Judicial Council on its own motion…may, by a majority vote, reconsider any ruling or action taken by it” (4);  

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Conference Secretaries, on behalf of the California-Pacific Annual Conference, request that the Judicial Council on its own motion, and pursuant to its standing Rules of Practice, reconsider Decision 1032, issue a new finding that Decision 1032 is null and void, and direct that any prospective members denied membership as a result of Decision 1032 be offered admission into membership in The United Methodist Church.

Footnotes:
1 Henry-Crowe Dissent from JCD 1032, 10/29/2005.
2 Gray Dissent from JCD 1032, 11/8/2005.
3 A Pastoral Letter to the People of the United Methodist Church from the Council of Bishops, 11/2/2005
4 Judicial Council Rules Of Practice VIII. A.


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UM CAL-PAC 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTION #10-6
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SUBJECT:  Inviting Youth & Young Adults Into Inclusive Ministries

SUBMITTED BY: Candie ODell, Lily Villamin, Scott Imler, Jeanne Roe Smith, Charlene Zuill, Frank Wulf, Janet Gollery McKeithen, Frank E. Trotter, Jr., Jim Conn, Amy Rosenbaum, Barbara Ripple, Tom Reinhart-Marean, Holly Reinhart-Marean, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Gary Lynn, Debbie Gara, Dan Gara, Harry Kuruma, Carole Kuruma, Sharon Bowles, Phil Bowles, Louis Chase, Nester Gerente, Richard Bolin, Jennifer Gutierrez, Richard Bentley, Susan Stouffer, Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Afrie Songco Joye, Veda Veach, Mary Larson, Krista McVey, Suzanne James, Diane Kenney, DarEll Weist, Ed Hoffman, Jim Brooking, Lisa Gay Santiago, William P. Miller, Francisco Canas, Cornish Rogers, Nan Self, Sheena Trotter Dennis, David K. Farley, Virginia Fifield, John Cobb, JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto, Phil Freeman, Connee Freeman, Thomas Hill

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMACT:  No additional funds needed

SOURCE OF STAFF TIME: None

WHEREAS there is a perception among many that most churches are discriminatory and therefore unwelcoming and unsafe for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons, and

WHEREAS this perception is especially prevalent among youth and young adults, and

WHEREAS this perception limits the evangelistic ministry of churches in all communities, especially those in transitional neighborhoods, and

WHEREAS “in communities of transition, the local church shall be regarded as a principal base of mission from which structures of society shall be confronted, evangelization shall occur, and a principal witness to the changing community shall be realized” (The 2008 Book of Discipline, ¶ 212.2), and

WHEREAS many of our local churches are seeking new ways to expand their ministries as they face changes in the communities they serve;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California-Pacific Annual Conference affirms these congregations and ministries throughout Southern California and the Pacific Islands that are striving to realize the goal of becoming a base for confronting unjust heterosexist structures and of embracing people who have long felt they are not welcome at church, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Annual Conference direct its Response Committee on Welcoming to support the work of these congregations and ministries, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference Response Committee on Welcoming be directed to work with youth and young adults to help them identify and make contact with United Methodist churches where this mission of an inclusive ministry is being carried out.


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UM CAL-PAC 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTION #10-7
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SUBJECT:  We Will Not Condone Violence in Words or Deeds

SUBMITTED BY: Janet Gollery McKeithen, Jeanne Roe Smith, Jim Conn, JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto, Louis Chase, Catie Coots, Richard Bolin, Amy Rosenbaum, Barbara Ripple, Tom Reinhart-Marean, Holly Reinhart-Marean, Richard Bentley, Frank Wulf, Page Eaves, Susan Stouffer, Afrie Songco Joye, Veda Veach, Suzanne James, Diane Kenney, DarEll Weist, Ed Hoffman, Debbie Gara, Dan Gara, Jim Brooking, Francisco Canas, Cornish Rogers, Nan Self, Sheena Trotter Dennis, Mary Larson, Krista McVey, William P. Miller, Gary Lynn, Harry Kuruma, Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Carole Kuruma, Nester Gerente, Phil Freeman, Connee Freeman, Virginia Fifield, David K. Farley, Sharon Bowles, Phil Bowles, Lisa Gay Santiago, Candie ODell, Jennifer Gutierrez, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Frank E. Trotter, Jr., Lily Villamin, Thomas Hill, John Cobb, Charlene Zuill, Mark Ulrickson

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT: No additional funds needed

SOURCE OF STAFF TIME: None

WHEREAS we live in a world where violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons is still far too prevalent, even to the point of advocating imprisonment or death, and

WHEREAS our predecessors built the characteristic of inclusiveness into The United Methodist Church constitution, and

WHEREAS our General Conference later specified: “Inclusiveness means openness, acceptance, and support that enables all persons to participate in the life of the church, the community and the world;”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California-Pacific Annual Conference speak out, before God, the church and the world, to insist that all forms of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons are wrong wherever and whenever they occur, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference encourage its lay and clergy leadership and the leaders of its congregations and ministries to safeguard the United Methodist constitutional requirement of inclusiveness in all that they do or say and that they also be encouraged to speak out against all forms of violence, both in words and deeds.


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UM CAL-PAC 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTION #10-8
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SUBJECT:  A Call for Restoring Civility in the Public Square

SUBMITTED BY:  Susan Stouffer, Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Lily Villamin, Frank E. Trotter, Jr., Richard Bentley, Jeanne Roe Smith, Catie Coots, Debbie Gara, Dan Gara, Lisa Gay Santiago, Nester Gerente, Amy Rosenbaum, Barbara Ripple, Tom Reinhart-Marean, Holly Reinhart-Marean, JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto, Janet Gollery McKeithen, Gary Lynn, Harry Kuruma, Carole Kuruma, Louis Chase, Virginia Fifield, Jennifer Gutierrez, Afrie Songco Joye, Page Eaves, Jim Brooking, Francisco Canas, Cornish Rogers, Nan Self, Sheena Trotter Dennis, Veda Veach, Suzanne James, DarEll Weist, Ed Hoffman, Richard Bolin, David K. Farley, Frank Wulf, Sharon Bowles, Phil Bowles, Mary Larson, Candie ODell, Krista McVey, Veda Veach, William P. Miller, Phil Freeman, Connee Freeman, Jim Conn, Thomas Hill, Mary Elizabeth Moore, John Cobb, Alberto Mendoza, Mark Ulrickson

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT:  No additional funds needed

SOURCE OF STAFF TIME:  None

WHEREAS our society now recognizes that the McCarthy Era was a shameful episode in American history, characterized by widespread abuses of power fueled by demagoguery and overzealous action, ultimately encompassing loyalty investigations of over four million American citizens, and
 
WHEREAS one of the key lessons learned from that era is that the behavior of those who would seek retributions against others with whom they disagree by fanning the flames of public passion implicitly condones and sanctions retributions by others against those individuals or organizations, and
 
WHEREAS the immediacy and pervasiveness of media reporting in our time has shifted the landscape and expanded both the scope and the depth of influence of the actions of those in the public square, both for good and for ill, and

WHEREAS there is, once again, a growing polarization in our society in which even our faith-based communities are becoming increasingly divided along the political and ideological fault lines in our culture, and

WHEREAS as these fault lines running through our political, religious and personal lives widen, we feel an ever-increasing sense of urgency and disquietude;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that, following the example of its leadership in establishing the Response Committee on Welcoming, the California-Pacific Annual Conference calls for a reclaiming of civility in the public square, including in the media, talk shows, newspapers, government and other public forums, the Internet, private meetings and in personal conversations, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference affirms and supports the work of its boards and agencies and its local churches and ministries in taking leadership in efforts to help bring about the restoration of civility in the public square.






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